Chris Ams is a Soul/R&B/Jazz vocalist and visual artist from the Detroit area. He is the frontman of The Drew Schultz Funk Machine, and has performed extensively across the midwest and New York area. Recently, the Funk Machine took the stage for a special tribute to Motown heavyweight guitarist, Eddie Willis and the Funk Brothers band, who recorded the instruments on nearly every hit Motown song from 1959-1972 by artists including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and many others. Special guests at the show included Dennis Coffey, James Jamerson Jr, Joe Hunter Jr, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Lawrence Payton Jr, Paul Riser, Pat Cosby, Cynthia Davis, and many more.
In 2013, Chris also performed with the Funk Machine for the Don Was All Star Review at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall's Concert of Colors, as well as at The Cutting Room, NYC during a benefit for Motown legend, Barrett Strong (Hosted by Detroit Blues Diva, Eliza Neals).
Chris has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of the best soul singers in the business, including: Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Ken Knox, Buddy Smith, Carolyn Crawford, Delbert Nelson, and Donna Curtain.
He first took the stage at age 7, acting in plays, and performing anywhere he was given the opportunity. His passion for Jazz and Soul grew over time, nurtured by listening to great vocalists and musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, and of course, classic Motown. He currently lives and performs with the Drew Schultz Funk Machine in New York, NY.
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